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Local News

  • Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen

    Farelisse Lassor, of Vandalia, competed in the French Lick, Ind., Casino Pageant on March 31, winning the crown of Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo of Gallatin Street, taken from atop Lutheran Hill, kicks off our new Vandalia Memories feature.

    In this feature, we will publish old photographs of Vandalia that have been posted online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia. This photo was posted by Rose Fisher.

  • Nine years in meth case

     A Vandalia man has been sentenced to nine years in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
    Michael P. Ambuehl, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to an amended charge of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    The reduced charge filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleged that Ambuehl participated in the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine in a structure in which a person under the age of 18 was present.

  • City Cleanup Week is May 19-23

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 19-23.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents are asked to pile items on the curbside in a manner that they would like to have were they to pick it up themselves.
    Any lumber should be cut in reasonable lengths, stacked and, if possible, bundled into reasonable weights.  

  • Aldermen concerned about animal control

    Two Vandalia aldermen said at Monday’s city council meeting that they plan to appear before the Fayette County Board in May to discuss the county’s animal control contract.
    Brothers B. John Clark and Neil Clark said they are concerned about the percentage of dogs and cats being taken in that are euthanized.
    B. John Clark brought up the issue at the April 7 meeting, saying that a local resident had approached him about that issue.

  • Fulk pleads to lesser felony

    A Fayette County murder-for-hire case ended on Tuesday with the Farina man being charged with that offense being found guilty of a lesser felony charge.
    Mark G. Fulk, 36, was fined and placed on probation after being convicted of a charge of disorderly conduct in a stipulated bench trial, and was released from custody later in the afternoon.

  • News Briefs

    Ramsey to celebrate 150th birthday
    The village of Ramsey will celebrate its 150th birthday with a celebration on Saturday, May 3.
    The celebration includes a 10 a.m. parade, with lineup at 9:30 a.m.; a ceremony featuring several speakers; a cake-cutting; kids' games at noon; a husband-calling contest at 12:30 p.m.; music by the Beecher City Kitchen Band from 1-2; pie contest at 1:30 p.m; horseshoes tournament at 2 p.m.; talent show at 2:30 p.m.; and music by Thunder Road from 6-9 p.m.

  • Coroner investigates three deaths

    Fayette County’s coroner is continuing to investigate three recent deaths in the county.
    Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Sunday that shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, 44-year-old Cassandra Pollard was found dead by a friend at the friend’s rural Vandalia home.
    Bowen pronounced Pollard dead at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and said on Tuesday that he has determined that her death “was not of natural causes."